Author: Jeff Banks

City Fans United (Formal Meeting) – Thurs 29th August

Thursday 29th August will see the latest City Fans United meeting take place in the Blues Bar at the Deva Stadium.

 

The meeting which gets underway at 7.30pm on the night will be a formal meeting, and will be available to view on our Zoom channel, for members only. The Zoom app can be downloaded on phones or PC. Please email jeff.banks@chesterfc.com by Wednesday 28th August if you wish to view the meeting, and a meeting request will be sent to your email.

 

It’s the final meeting before the scheduled AGM meeting and so will provide members with updates from the CFU directors on all portfolios.

 

We hope you are able to make the meeting on the Thursday and hope to announce some special guests in due course.

 

Doors open at 7pm and you can also pick up your CFU membership card if not collected already, and join or renew your membership on the night.

 

Remember you can join or renew online too, with the links below:

 

Join Online

Renew Online

 

CFU Board – Update

City Fans United directors have strengthened the board with Paul McDermott joining as an external director.

Paul, (58), brings a wealth of business experience, and will help develop the link between the board and Stuart Murphy, who are intending on working together to develop the club in the near future.

On his appointment as an external director, Paul said, “I am delighted to be involved in the club and to play a part in its development off the pitch and enjoy its success on it.”

Welcome to the board of City Fans United, Paul.

Season Ticket & Membership Cards Collection Event – Update

Next Thursday (1st August) the Chester FC Fan Engagement Working Group (FEWG) are holding their Season Ticket & CFU Membership Cards Collection Event, and we have a further update for the evening itself.

 

As well as being able to pick up your Season Tickets & CFU Cards, the club shop will also be open on the evening itself with a chance to get your hands on the new range of items about to be stocked.

 

The Child home shirts that featured in the Children’s season ticket packages will also be available for collection next Thursday night too.

 

Plus, we’ll also be staging the draw for the Chester FC Community Trust’s Grand Summer Raffle, for which tickets can still be purchased and handed in prior to the draw taking place in the Blues Bar.

 

If that wasn’t enough, then we’ll also be holding an informal CFU Update during the meeting too, where we’ll have brief updates from the board members followed by a Q&A with the management team and hopefully some players from the 2019-20 Chester FC squad.

 

So, come and join us next Thursday night, it will be a great event, and the Blues Bar will be open from 7.30pm on the evening, with drinks available of course.

 

Membership Cards & Season Ticket Collection Event

City Fans United are delighted to announce the date for this year’s Membership Cards & Season Tickets collection night.

 

The event organised by the Fan Engagement Working Group (FEWG) will take place in the Blues Bar at Chester FC, on Thursday 1st August beginning at 7.30pm, and fans will be able to collect their 2019/20 season tickets and also their CFU membership card for the 2019/20 membership period, on the night.

 

We are also hoping to have some special guests on the night and we will confirm this in due course, but please pop a note in your diary to come down. By attending on the night you’ll also be helping ease the pressure on the ticket office on matchday. Season Tickets will then be available to collect following the event during normal ticket office hours.

 

If you haven’t renewed your CFU membership yet then you can do this online via the link below:

Renew and Pay Online here

Not a member yet? Then join CFU here

To renew via our new Direct Debit plan please email nick.phillipson@chesterfc.com who will then send you the details for this extremely straight forward process.

 

We look forward to seeing you on the 1st August!

 

City Fans United Formal Members Meeting Reminder

Thursday night sees the City Fans United formal members meeting take place in the Blues Bar, at the Swansway Chester Stadium (7.30pm start).

 

During the meeting we’ll hear an update from the board of directors of City Fans United, including a Finance Update and an overview of the results from the Big City Census, as well as updates from the various Working Groups.

 

There will also be details of the AGM later this year, and a Q&A session on the night too.

 

Prior to the meeting the Fundraising Working Group will be selling raffle tickets for just £1 where prizes include 2 pairs of tickets for Chester Zoo which have been generously donated to the raffle for the evening.

 

There will also be further prizes on offer for the raffle, so please grab yourself some raffle tickets tomorrow night as you’ll stand a great chance of winning!

 

The meeting will also be streamed live to those members who have requested access up to last night (as per the deadline previously mentioned), and further instructions will be sent out tomorrow following on from the invite already sent out by Jeff Banks on Wednesday 22nd May. The online stream is due to start at 7.15pm where those joining will be held in the ‘waiting room’ until the meeting gets underway at 7.30pm.

 

Please download the app Zoom or click the link from the email sent out those who have requested it, to follow the meeting.

 

You can also renew your membership at the meeting tomorrow night, and Nick Phillipson will also be on hand to set up and discuss Direct Debit plans for those interested in paying monthly or annually.

 

We look forward to seeing you there tomorrow night!

 

Follow @cityfansunited & @CFCFEWG on Twitter

 

City Fans United Members (Formal) Meeting – Thursday 23rd May

The next City Fans United members meeting is set to take place on Thursday 23rd May, in the Blues Bar at the Swansway Chester Stadium.

 

The meeting will start at 7.30pm with the bar open from 7pm on the evening and as it’s a members meeting only, we will be taking new membership sign ups on the night and you can also renew your membership on the night too.

 

Although to help us with renewals, please visit the following link where you can actually renew or sign up online prior to the meeting. You can also set up a monthly Direct Debit to help make our renewals process even more straight forward in the future.

 

Click me for more renewal details

Sign up here

 

At the meeting, we’ll be reviewing the results from the Big City Census recently sent out to members.

 

We’ll also be latest updates from the board and as usual you’ll be able to take part in a Q&A session during the meeting.

 

For those members unable to attend on the night, but who would like to view on a live stream being tested on this night for formal meetings, please email jeff.banks@chesterfc.com – we will need all those wishing to watch the live stream to send their emails by Tuesday 21st May at the latest to then receive an invitation for the streaming service.

 

We look forward to seeing you on the night!

CFU Membership Renewals – Direct Debit scheme

Following on from our recent Big City Census, we have received feedback from many members that you would like to make our Membership renewal process so much easier and efficient, via a direct debit scheme.

 

We are now in a position to offer this for 2019/20 renewals and would like to ask you directly if you would like to be included in the scheme.

 

Annual membership remains at just £12, but we would like to ask if you would consider making a monthly payment of £2 or more (you can choose any monthly payment you wish to make from £2 upwards), starting from June 2019. Many members already generously donate above the £12 amount and a monthly Direct Debit amount selected by yourself (minimum £2 per month) is a good alternative way of doing it.

 

If you would like to help us improve our renewals process by setting up a direct debit then please email nick.phillipson@chesterfc.com who can set this up for you very easily.

 

You can of course renew your CFU membership online via the link below or by contacting the club on 01244 371376 with a payment over the phone (please note only annual payments can be made over the phone).

 

Renew your CFU membership online here

 

Thank you for your continued support of City Fans United, and of course Chester FC.

 

Jeff Banks

Director of Fan Engagement & Membership

 

 

Big City Census 2018-19

 

Today sees the launch of the Big City Census 2018-19!

 

Yes, it’s that time once again as we seek the views of the owners of Chester Football Club.

 

Please check your email inbox today for the link to complete this year’s survey.

 

This year we are focussing on the membership, matchday experience and overall progress of the board and working groups set up in 2018, to help drive the club forward.

 

It is also time to renew memberships very shortly and we are looking at a Direct Debit scheme for members to sign up to, which will make the process much more simplified, and your comments are welcomed in the Census.

 

If you have not received the Big City Census email by Wednesday 17th April then it’s possible we may not hold up to date details for you. If this is the case please email jeff.banks@chesterfc.com quoting your membership number.

 

Your feedback is very much appreciated and helps us to improve the way the club is run and allows us to follow up suggestions and ideas made by each member that completes the survey.

 

We have set a 7 day window for the survey to be completed, and will close at midnight on Monday 22nd April.

 

For members who don’t have email, we hope to have a paper version available in the Chester FC ticket office by Thursday 18th April.

 

Thank you in advance for completing the Big City Census, and of course your continued support.

 

Jeff Banks

Director of Membership and Fan Engagement

CFU and Community Sports Facility Meeting – Tonight

We would like to remind members that tonight’s informal meeting will include the presentation on the Community Sports Facility, by the Chester FC Community Trust.

 

The meeting will get underway at 7.30pm and we urge as many fans to come down to the Blues Bar at the Swansway Chester Stadium, to find out more about this exciting development.

 

Tonight’s meeting will be streamed live on the Chester FC Twitter account @chesterfc from 7.30pm this evening. Please note this is a change from the original plan of streaming via the City Fans United you tube channel.

 

We look forward to seeing you all there tonight.

 

Community Sports Facility & Informal CFU Meeting – Wednesday 20th March

City Fans United and Chester FC Community Trust are holding an open meeting on Wednesday 20th March to provide an update on proposals for a community sports facility in Chester.

 

The meeting will take place in the Blues Bar at the Swansway Chester Stadium starting at 7.30pm with supporters and the wider public encouraged to attend.

 

The development of a community sports facility has been an aspiration of the supporter-owned club for a number of years with its charitable Community Trust leading the project.

 

Following positive discussions with key stakeholders over recent months, the boards of both the CFU and the Community Trust are pleased to be in a position to announce full details of the scheme.

 

The proposals have been carefully developed to ensure it provides the best possible facility for the communities of Chester and Cheshire West. A public consultation will begin in the coming weeks, giving people the opportunity to comment on the plans and inform the final design.

 

Jim Green, chief executive of the Community Trust, said: “It has been a long time coming but we are genuinely excited about these plans and look forward to sharing them with supporters and the wider community.

“Grassroots sport desperately needs more investment and better facilities, and this project will deliver on both counts. It will be a facility the community can be proud of.”

 

CFU director Jeff Banks said: “When we reformed the club back in 2010, one of the key aims for the future was to have a sports facility that would be of benefit to the whole community. A great deal of hard work and planning has gone into getting to this point, and next Wednesday’s meeting will provide a great chance for everyone to see how they can help in bringing this to fruition.”

 

Please note, the planned informal CFU meeting, set for Thursday 21st March, has now been brought forward to the Wednesday night in order for us to have the open meeting relating to the community sports facility.

 

If you would like to know more about the project or have any questions, please contact Community Trust chief executive Jim Green by emailing  jim.green@chesterfc.com or ringing 01244 371376.